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CONTENTS Port Douglas 4 History 6 Markets 8 Events 10 The Great Barrier Reef 12 Fishing 22 Wildlife 24 Dining 27 Weddings 30 Shopping 31 Accommodation 36 Holiday Ideas 40 Mossman 42 Aboriginal Culture 44 Daintree 46 Cape Tribulation 53 National Parks 54 Australian Tourist Kuranda 56 Publications Essential Information 58 Driving 60 Welcome to... Magazines Maps 62 ISSUE October 2019 PUBLISHER Australian Tourist Publications Australian Tourist Publications Welcome to... Magazines PH: (07) 4041 3600 DIRECTORS/OWNERS – Trish Blackman & Jackie Honour ACCOUNTS – Jackie Honour SALES – Trish Blackman EDITORIAL FEATURES – David Maguire DESIGN – Sue Dwyer IMAGES – Courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree, Steve Kelly, Zero One Photography. Cover image: Courtesy Experience Co. DISTRIBUTION – Contact (07) 4041 3600 Find us on Facebook and Instagram at @WelcomeToMagazines TOURISM PORT DOUGLAS AND DAINTREE www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com info@visitportdouglasdaintree.com Phone: (07) 4099 4588


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This is the place circled by nature, where two World Heritage areas meet, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. It is where families come to play, couples come to relax and travellers come to explore. The place to discover secluded beaches, welcoming villages, decadent dining and friendly locals. This is the place to unwind with a peaceful escape, engage in memorable experiences or discover pure exhilaration. Tara Bennett Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree



Port Douglas

PORT DOUGLAS Port Douglas is a picturesque seaside village which embodies an atmosphere of tropical style and sophistication. It is an intimate and relaxed town where food, wine, arts and culture are appreciated. Refresh, restore and revitalise in the aquamarine waters of the Coral Sea or the crystal creeks of Mossman Gorge. Explore the Daintree Rainforest or relax on the palm-fringed golden sands of Four Mile Beach. The choice is yours. Pack your sense of adventure and

brightest kaftan and enjoy the village atmosphere of Port Douglas in style. Explore the Great Barrier Reef where there is a tour to suit all capabilities and experience levels. Whether you want to go diving, snorkelling, fishing, or perhaps stay dry on a reef pontoon, everyone can experience this extraordinary underwater world. Restaurants are many and varied with delicious interpretations of local produce and tastes from around the world. Max out that credit card at chic

Gosh sorry, we don’t use grapes ~ We make wine from Tropical Fruit!

Try us ~ you’ll love it ( and no, its not sweet and sticky ) Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery 417 Shannonvale Road, Mossman

Phone 4098 4000 Email ttwoodall@gmail.com Just north of Port Douglas. Follow the signs at the Mt Molloy Road turnoff, just before Mossman.

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boutiques, art galleries and spas dotted along Macrossan Street and throughout the region. While luxury is definitely a highlight of Port Douglas with magnificent resorts, elegant homes and superb apartments, backpackers and families are equally catered for in this tropical village. Nestled at the end of a peninsula, the tranquil waters of a natural harbour on one side of the village lead to the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina. Along the other side of the peninsula stretches

the sandy sweep of Four Mile Beach. The Port Douglas and Daintree region is home to the Kuku Yalanji aboriginal people this area was also shared by Europeans arriving in 1870s as gold was discovered on the Hodgkinson River in 1876 the rush was on to find a port for its export. In 1877, Christie Palmerston carved the Bump Track down to the coast and Port Douglas was quickly settled by merchants. The bustling town was gripped by gold fever which saw 27 pubs competing for the patronage of only 12,000 residents.

Four Mile Beach



LOCAL ICON TURNS 30 Lady Douglas was built in Port Douglas in 1989 and was one of the first boats in the Marina Mirage, now known as the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina. She is a beautiful, stable riverboat, featuring original Rosewood timbers around the wheelhouse and is well known for her iconic paddlewheels. She is now owned by local family Lucas and Kate Agrums and their 3 kids. Lady Douglas has been taking visitors up the unspoilt mangrove channels of Dickson Inlet for 30 years and specialises in spotting Estuarine Crocodiles in their natural, wild habitat. Lady Douglas River Cruise

Other local wildlife seen along the way include; sea eagles, kites, ospreys, kingfishers, herons, waders, crabs, mud skippers, spiders and the occasional turtle. These days the Lady Douglas River Cruise is well know for the award winning commentary delivered by the skipper onboard.

WET TROPICS The Wet Tropics is home to about a third of Australia’s 315 mammal species and, of those, 13 are found nowhere else in the world. They include unique green possums, ringtail possums, marsupial cats, rare bats, tree-kangaroos, a rat- kangaroo, melomys and antechinus. The award winning Wildlife Habitat, located in Port Douglas provides visitors with an interactive opportunity to experience native Australian animals up close in five natural environments of Woodlands, Wetlands, Rainforest, Savannah and Nocturnal habitats. As you make you way through 8 acres of eco accredited exhibits, you will have the opportunity to engage with Koala’s, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, observe the endangered Southern Cassowary and visit Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroos. With over 100 different native species and over 600 individual animals, there is lots to see. Open every day from 8.00am until 5.00pm you can choose a private tour, nocturnal tour, or simply join any of the free daily tours and presentations. Daily photos session allow you to cuddle an Koala, and a 5 day pass is included as standard admission. www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com


Port Douglas Markets Australian & Oceanic Art Gallery

EXPLORE THE MARKETS There are three markets in the region, two in Port Douglas, and one on the highway to Mossman. The ‘must see’ market is held every Sunday morning in Rex Smeal Park at the end of Macrossan Street in Port Douglas. Located on the waterfront overlooking the Coral Sea, ocean breezes keep it cool, the palm trees offer shade and the carnival spirit is infectious as visitors and locals amble through the many stalls. Exotic fruit and veggies, books, coffee, arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing can be purchased at reasonable prices. Bartering is possible and suits the good-natured style of the cheery stallholders.

Most of the operators make their own products so they are proud and passionate about ensuring you are buying top quality. On Wednesdays in Port Douglas there is a great market located at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina on Wharf Street. It operates from 11am to 5pm and overlooks the glorious Dickson Inlet where a range of reef and other tours depart and where cruise ship passengers disembark. Local organic produce, handcrafted items, homemade cakes, jams, essential oils, plants and vegies are offered at the Saturday morning Mossman Markets under the huge Raintrees in Foxton Avenue.

DISCOVER Artwork from central-coast based landscape artist Belynda Henry features in Avis Car Rental Australia’s ‘Art of Discovery’ advertising campaign. Focussed on inspiring customer journeys through a driver’s impression, the campaign sees contemporary artists set out on road trips in Avis rental cars across Australia and New Zealand in pursuit of inspiration. The resulting work then features in an outdoor advertising campaign across Australia and New Zealand. Avis Budget Group’s charity partner with this campaign is R U OK 8 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

The Bump Track

ADVENTURE AWAITS The thrills of the iconic Bump Track are waiting to be savoured. This is the route used by the classic Tropical North Queensland mountain-bike race. First an Indigenous trail, then a vital link to the mountain regions during the 1800s mining boom, this famous 6km thread of dirt through the rainforest climbs almost 400m from sea level within a couple of kilometres. You’re at the top of the Bump Track and if you were suitably equipped with supplies and wanted to make this a monster full-day

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ride, you could head south on Black Mountain Road before returning north to the same spot via the Twin Bridges trail, a 32km loop that takes you right into the depths of the Mowbray National Park jungle. But that’s for another day. You’re here to find out what the Bump Track is all about – that unforgettable rollercoaster ride down. Sweeping turns, jumps, river crossings and pure, unadulterated speed. Then cool down and reflect in the lovely, deep freshwater pool at Spring Creek.



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Ocean Safari, quickest tour to the reef

GREAT BARRIER REEF With more than 100 ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland offers the ultimate adventure on the world’s largest and most spectacular coral reef system. The Great Barrier Reef spans more than 2,000 kilometres, has 3,000 reef and coral cays, more than 1,500 fish

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species, 400 types of coral and some of the world’s best tropical islands. No visit to Port Douglas is complete without spending time at the Great Barrier Reef. Take a plunge into one of the Seven Wonders of the World and discover why this is the largest, most spectacular coral reef system on earth.



Snorkel Low Isles with Shaolin

SHAOLIN LOW ISLAND SNORKELLING Shaolin is an authentic Chinese Junk Boat, built in China and launched in Hong Kong in 1969, which makes her 50 years old this year. She is built with original teak timbers and with her beautiful bright red sails up, she is a stunning sight to see. Her original owners sailed her around the world where they were commandeered by the CIA as a radio listening post off the coast of China then boarded by pirates in Somalia.Then they operated her as a shell diving boat up in Micronesia, where the original captain passed away. His wife was unable to sail her on her own, so she sold it to a local Port Douglas man. She has since been operating snorkelling tours to Low Isles, for the past 35 years. She is now owned and operated by born and bred local, brother and sister team Flynn Bickford and Kate Agrums. Shaolin runs tours to Low Island during the day and then runs a stunning Sunset Sail every evening. BOOK ONLINE OR CALL 0407406386. 14 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

Sailaway, Mackay Coral Cay

Port Douglas is not short of scuba diving courses, tour operators, day trips, equipment suppliers and everything you could need to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. Diving, snorkelling, sailing, cruising or island hopping, the choice is yours. For a richer experience, you can book a night or two staying out on the reef as part of a private charter. Alternatively, get a magical bird’s-eye view by booking a scenic helicopter flight over the reef or parasail across the Coral Sea for an adrenalin rush. Below the magical blue waters, you can dive with Minke Whales for a really spectacular adventure. Another popular way to discover the Great Barrier Reef is to take to the seas and enjoy the tranquility of sailing. Visit Low Isles or Mackay Coral Cay while you sip champagne and nibble on canapes as you watch the sun set over the mountains of the Daintree Rainforest. Tours to the Great Barrier Reef will take you to sites that make up the most pristine parts of the World

Low Isles Full Day & Sunset FULL DAY 8.30am - 4.00pm on Sailaway VI a luxury Lagoon 560

Sunset Sailing Heritage area, including coral cays, Low Isles, and the Ribbon Reefs. Low Isles consists of two islands. Woody Island is an uninhabited coral/ mangrove island while Low Island is a sandy coral cay typical of the Great Barrier Reef. Located only 15 kilometres off the coast of Port Douglas, Low Island’s picturesque setting with a lighthouse, thatched beach umbrellas on a wide sandy beach, and lush vegetation is simply stunning. Port Douglas tours to Low Isles offer a options to suit the most discerning traveller. Sail from Port Douglas on a full or half-day excursion or, for those looking for a little luxury, some boats offer ‘adults only’ experiences with small passenger numbers. Join Sailaway for a full day sailing or sunset tour on their luxury Lagoon 560 or Sailaway VI. The local family owned and operated company is passionate about the environment and has been offering authentic reef and sailing experiences since 1985.

SUNSET 5.00pm - 6.30pm on Sailaway VI a luxury Lagoon 560

Full Day

Outer Reef Sailing Adventure

Mackay Coral Cay Sailing & Snorkeling Full Day 8.00am - 5.00pm 2 spectacular reef sites

Local family owner operator, passionate about the environment. Authentic reef and sailing experiences since 1985.

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Snorkelling is the most popular way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. It’s as simple as putting on your mask, snorkel and fins and then you are all set to glide alongside Maori Wrasse and Parrot Fish. Your mask magnifies everything, giving you an amazing underwater view as you float over coral among colourful marine life below and around you. Marvel at spectacular coral formations thousands of years in the making and an amazing array of exotic rainbowcoloured tropical fish. The Great Barrier Reef’s warm waters are a marine magnet attracting creatures ranging from birds to 100-tonne humpback whales. The currents and trade winds bring them from all over the world, including whales and dolphins attracted by the warm tropical waters. You won’t see them all, but the reef is home to a staggering 1,400 varieties of coral and 1,625 species of fish. Soft corals, jellyfish and sponges drift in from the Coral Sea. Plankton drifts towards the reef and provides food for whales. The warm waters also attract 16 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

seahorses, barramundi, cod and maori wrasse. Departing daily, there are reef trip options available to suit a range of budgets. Travel, for example, to the outer edge of the reef where you can snorkel, have a tropical buffet lunch, or watch fish-feeding and marine presentations. If you don’t want to get wet, it is possible to watch fish swimming through the colourful coral from a semi-submersible boat or an underwater viewing area. Even without entering the water, you can explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible boat. Seated just one metre underwater, experience a diver’s view of the reef as you glide slowly past the coral. From wide-view windows, the reef is revealed in its full glory before your eyes. Glass bottom boat tours are available with some reef, pontoon and island experiences and are an almost essential visitor experience for the insight they give into coral and marine life. Wavedancer, Calypso, Reef Sprinter and Sailaway have permits to Low Isles 365 days a year.

The Martin Cash

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS Quicksilver, the region’s pioneer of Great Barrier Reef cruising, is celebrating 40 years of showcasing the greatest of Australia’s natural living wonders. And it has come a long way from humble beginnings. Over the years, the Quicksilver Group has grown to offer the widest possible range of reef experiences to visitors to Tropical North Queensland. Its menu of experience options includes tours to spectacular Outer Barrier Reef and island destinations, adventurous dive and snorkel excursions, premier liveaboard dive boat trips and a luxury island resort. Its operations of 14 major vessels and four reef activity programs are managed by more than 600 staff, making it one of North Queensland’s largest private employers. But being able to tick off major acquisitions in the past decade or so, such as of Pro Dive Cairns, Great Adventures, Green Island Resort, Ocean Spirit Cruises and Seawalker Green Island, would have been inconceivable when it first began services.

It was from Port Douglas back in 1979 that Quicksilver started with a single vessel operating paying customer visits to the idyllic Low Isles, 15 km off the coast. It was the first ever commercial trip to these unique coral cays and visitors to the sleepy, small fishing village of Port Douglas, just north of nearby Cairns, were quick to embrace the concept. Just a few years later in 1983, the company pioneered Australia’s first true Outer Barrier Reef cruise, travelling to the ribbon reefs at the edge of the Continental Shelf. It proved to be one of the best locations to experience the full majesty and elemental force of this unique natural wonder and remains so to this day. In the same year, Quicksilver installed the region’s first reef platform at Agincourt Reef. Since those early days, Quicksilver has become a highly sophisticated and successful company. It operates a fleet of the most advanced Australian-made cruising vessels and has been honoured many times with various tourism and service awards and voted Australia’s continued 18-19 best tour operator. www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com


The Quicksilver fleet

But it is as honest as it is proud in taking only half the credit.

employer in the region, says Quicksilver Group Managing Director, Tony Baker.

It believes nature has provided the reef and the company is honoured to take visitors to areas off Port Douglas where the very best of nature’s work is found.

“The essence of Quicksilver is in its crew. Many have been with the company for decades. It’s always a highlight to see the crew from across all our vessels and experiences come together to celebrate life in the tropics in the annual Port Douglas Carnivale street parade,” he said.

Along with owning a fleet of the region’s premier dive and snorkel boats, the new purpose-built Quicksilver Dive Centre is also providing the perfect base for locals and holiday makers to take the plunge and get certified; for scuba diving that is! Quicksilver is proudly part of the unique Port Douglas community and is a major

Quicksilver Dive Centre

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The company legitimately accepts credit for many world “firsts.” In 2000, it dived underwater with the Olympic Torch to showcase the Great Barrier Reef, all while keeping the flame alight! And after visiting Agincourt Reef with Quicksilver, U.S. President Bill Clinton made a major environmental statement. Quicksilver has long pioneered environmental sustainability and in 1986, before ecotourism was a buzzword, it formed Reef Biosearch, the company’s environmental arm. The centre holds the longest ongoing record of marine observations on the Reef and treasures a logbook

database that extends back some 30 years. The company’s core commitment to sustainable practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to continue to enjoy the Reef is evidenced by Reef Biosearch’s employment of the largest team of marine biologists outside of a government agency. Quicksilver was also the first North Queensland company to receive Advanced Eco Tourism Accreditation and 20 years on is still focused on sustainability and education. All the company’s tours are accredited with Advanced Ecotourism Certification and each day its team of marine biologists are on hand to ensure guests gain an appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage environment. “We want all our guests to leave as ambassadors for reef protection,” Mr. Baker said. As a big part of the Port Douglas community, the company contributes to many local charities, schools,

sporting clubs and events, he said. Christmas is a special time and through the Quicksilver Group Christmas Charity Appeal, in conjunction with local tour desks, it has provided food and gifts to support the work of local charities since 2004. And the Quicksilver Group Scholarship Program was introduced in 2011 to financially assist the children of employees undertaking full-time university studies. The company is proud of its full suite of Reef products, services, culture and standards and the diversity of experiences it offers visitors to Tropical North Queensland. It is focused on ensuring customers enjoy their time under the guidance of its expert staff and its hard-earned reputation and longevity in the market attests to its business successes. But it also believes it is a certified winner if customers complete their time on the reef and leave as active advocates for its preservation. www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com



Exclusive Sand Cay Getaway

For that once in a lifetime experience, every time, Nautilus Aviation offers one of the best ways to see the world’s natural wonders just outside their doorsteps. With over 26 years of commitment to exceptional service, Nautilus Aviation has 30 state-of-the-art helicopters across its bases in Queensland (Cairns, Townsville, and Horn Island), the Northern Territory (Darwin) and New South Wales. In Sydney, Nautilus Aviation also proudly operate Sydney’s ‘Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters’.

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Daily guests can enjoy scenic flights of various durations over the world’s oldest living rainforest and largest coral reef system, escape to a private sand cay with catered picnic and snorkelling equipment, combine their reef cruise experience with helicopter transfers or scenic flights landing on a floating helipad, design a custom tour and more! The sky is no longer the limit, it’s your playground! Fly with Nautilus Aviation and ‘Experience the Difference’.


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Departing daily from Port Douglas (and Cairns), enjoy scenic flights over World Heritage Listed Rainforest and Reef, private sand cay getaways and helicopter transfers to/from Quicksilver Cruises. If you’re already travelling to the reef, upgrade your experience and add a 10 minute scenic flight from their floating helipad. Private charters available.




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Fishing with MV Norseman

Port Douglas is highly rated as one of Australia’s and the world’s premier sports fishing and game fishing holiday destinations. Whether you like marlin fishing, game fishing, reef fishing, sports fishing, fly fishing, estuary fishing or just sinking a line into the water, this is the place to be.

The most popular form of fishing is on the Great Barrier Reef where you can catch coral trout, red emperor, nannygai and gold spot cod. This Great Barrier Reef is home to 225 recognised sport fish and table fish.

The Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef provide an ocean of dreams for the keen fisherman. Port Douglas is home to the black and blue marlin. Anglers come from all corners of the globe to try their hand at what many consider the Holy Grail of Fishing. Spend a day out on the reef aboard a custom-built reef fishing boat. The MV Norseman has the latest technology for fish finding and every modern convenience including a broad open deck space, fully air-conditioned saloon with licensed bar and ample shade.

FULL DAY REEF FISHING norseman Our friendly professional crew are passionate fishermen with 25 years local reef fishing experience. We offer shared or private charter and there is plenty of room to enjoy the air-conditioned saloon and bridge, licensed bar, entertainment centre, expansive rear deck with sportfishing platform and upstairs sun lounges.

Bookings 0419 015 262 Berth E11, CRYSTALBROOK SUPERYACHT MARINA, Port Douglas

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Hook- a-Barra

The Port Douglas region is flooded with angling enthusiasts from all over the world because this is one of the best places in the world to get hooked. Try estuary fishing on the Dickson Inlet. Within the local rivers and estuaries you can target 75 potential species, including the celebrated barramundi, queenfish, mangrove jack, fingermark, trevally, threadfin-salmon, tarpon and a host of others. Check out Hook-a-Barra fishing adventures at Wonga Beach and try your hand at

landing a barramundi or mangrove jack. The multi-species Hook-a-Barra fishing pond is filled with the best saltwater sourced from the Daintree River and stocked with over 1,500 fish. For beginners, guidance is provided by experienced staff. For experienced anglers, this is your chance to practice your catch and land techniques as well as try new lures and equipment. All fishing gear is provided so relax with a picnic, enjoy the fantastic array of bird life or join in the fun hand-feeding the mighty barramundi.



Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the 2017 Queensland Tourism Silver Award Winner for Major Attractions and the ultimate eco-adventure for visitors who want to experience wildlife in a natural setting. Highlights include koala feeding, crocodile cruises on Hartley’s Lagoon, crocodile and cassowary feeding shows, snake shows and crocodile farm tours. Zootastic 5 is an exciting, fullyguided interactive wildlife tour. An experienced keeper takes a maximum of six participants to feed, pat, hold and/or cuddle some of Australia’s most amazing species, including koalas, wombats, cassowaries, friendly pythons, beautiful parrots or kangaroos. Breakfast with the koalas and koalaholding photos are also on offer. Reptastic 5 allows a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with 24 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

lots of splendid creatures. This unique experience allows you to be guided by passionate keepers as you get up close with chameleons, giant pythons, American alligators, bluetongued lizards and exotic tortoises. For those not so keen on reptiles, the latest wildlife tour at Hartley’s is Feathertastic, a perfect experience for bird enthusiasts. The newest addition at Hartley’s is the Gallery of Living Art Exhibition and Reptile Display, offering something for visitors of all ages. After spending the day exploring, enjoy a delicious snack at Lilies Restaurant overlooking Hartley’s Lagoon and find that perfect gift, including crocodile leather products, in the Paperbark Gift Shop. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is located 25 minutes south of Port Douglas.



Walk the Predator Plank, Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife Habitat Looking for something unusual to do? Why not walk the plank! Predator Plank that is! The new exhibit located in the Savannah zone of Wildlife Habitat opened in September 2018 and offers the game and brave the chance to walk a suspension plank over a billabong of apex predators – the estuarine Crocodile (or “salties” as they are known in Tropical North Queensland). Babinda, a 4.2 metre croc lurks

MEET THE LOCAL WILDLIFE If you want to get close to a kangaroo or koala, head straight for one of the many wildlife parks: they include Kuranda Koala Gardens, Rainforestation Nature Park, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and Port Douglas’ Wildlife Habitat. 26 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

underneath, as you place one foot after the other with only netting separating you and these ancient beasts. Three female estuarine crocodiles keep Babinda company in the murky waters and a display of the crocodile’s sheer strength and formidable bite power can be witnessed at the crocodile feeding presentations at the predator plank area Monday through to Thursdays. If prehistoric predators aren’t your thing, visit the presentation hut to learn about the Wildlife Habitat’s other creatures and feathered friends and take the opportunity to snap a photograph and cuddle the iconic koala. Sneak into the rainforest zone and witness the incredible and colourful cassowaries, who play a vital role in the survival of ancient rainforest plant species, wander the wetlands amongst a plethora of birdlife, or just enjoy the cafe and indulge in Breakfast with the Birds or Lunch with the Lorikeets.




The official opening of the tourism season with a plentiful program of Family Friendly Free events including the Tropical Magic themed Macrossan Street Parade which has long been the opening highlight of Port Douglas Carnivale.

Port Douglas Yacht Club invites all yachts to join us for a week of Sailing, Food & Fun. The sailing schedule includes racing around the stunning Low Isle and Snapper Islands, as well as some technical racing off the famous Four Mile Beach.



A gruelling full-distance triathlon that features a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike leg that travels one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia from Cairns to Port Douglas, and a 42.2km run that finishes in the heart of Cairns.

Gather round, cabaret and vaudeville lovers, the Wonderland Spiegeltent transports you to a world of lusty, busty entertainment, delivering magic, music, thrills and spills inside her bevelled doors and velvet curtains.

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Watergate Restaurant & Lounge Bar is located in the heart of Port Douglas, at the corner of Grant and Macrossan Street behind the Rotary Park. Enter down the flame lit path from Macrossan Street. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining. Watergate’s cuisine is Modern Australian reflecting the contemporary trends in Australian cooking. Executive Chef Lee Neate sources a wide selection of local produce, from fresh seafood straight of the local fishing vessels through to the Tableland’s best fruit and vegetables. We have an abundance of locally grown herbs to choose from as well as a wide selection of local, hand made cheeses. Watergate also has a well appointed bar, ideal for a cocktail as the sun sets, or maybe a light meal from the lounge menu with a bottle of wine. Their lounge menu is available through the day until late. Watergate is also available for a pre-dinner drink, or desserts and coffee at the end of the night.


THALA BEACH One of the best experiences for visitors to Port Douglas is sampling the range of locally-grown tropical fruit and vegetables. Some of the most popular include mangos, paw paw, lychee, bananas and pineapples. Exotic fruits such as rambutans, star fruit, bread fruit and mangosteens are all grown throughout the region and are readily available in local shops, markets and roadside stalls. Many restaurants in the region use fresh local tropical fruit in their cooking, creating delicious dishes and deserts. Dine at Osprey’s Restaurant, a local secret, where you can enjoy uninterrupted Coral Sea views all the way to the horizon. Enjoy a fresh seasonal menu with an emphasis on local produce that is transformed into modern Australian cuisine with fivestar service. Ensure you arrive at dusk to enjoy the transition from day to night. It is the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks.

WEDDINGS ESCAPE TO A TROPICAL PARADISE The tropics are synonymous with romance, and there is no better location to hold your tropical destination wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony, than in Queensland’s Port Douglas and Daintree. Whether you are planning a beach theme or rainforest wedding, an elopement, small family gathering or an extravagant one-of-a-kind event, Port Douglas and the Daintree offer the perfect locations for your wedding in paradise. The region is home to talented wedding specialists who will make sure your day is flawless. Photographers, caterers, marriage celebrants and styling companies are just a few of the team on hand to ensure your wedding day is everything you dreamed it would be.

Dazzle your guests before and after your celebrations as they delight in all the region has to offer. The experiences available in this one destination will wow your friends and family nearly as much as your wedding – reef and rainforest adventure, family fun, relaxation and unique dining await. Destination weddings bring together the special people in your life for a holiday and extended wedding celebrations whilst creating unforgettable memories.   With nature as your backdrop Port Douglas and the Daintree are the answer for those seeking an unforgettable tropical destination wedding.

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Functional fashion accessories crafted from Australian Saltwater Crocodile, sustainably raised at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures in Far North Queensland.

SHOPPING Port Douglas has an abundance of great shopping, from markets offering locally made products to fashion boutiques. Wander along Macrossan Street and you’ll find souvenir shops and Indigenous arts and crafts side by side with designer labels. Pick up some new beachwear, the perfect gift for those back home, or an item that will remind you of your holiday in paradise. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the place to purchase genuine Australian crocodile leather goods with export permits as well as many other Australiana souvenirs including the plush Australian animals, plus there are games, educational toys, clothing and quality gift lines. With no two crocodiles having the same scale pattern, every Croctique product is truly unique. The skins used in the manufacture of the crocodile leather goods are sourced from crocodiles raised at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures in Far North Queensland, Australia. The crocodile farm operates as a government approved ‘closed farm’ where no wild caught Queensland crocodiles are used for skin products.

See our full range of merchandise online or at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Captain Cook Highway, Wangetti. To visit our Smithfield showroom, please phone (07) 4055 3576 to arrange a suitable time.


Port Village Shopping Centre is located in Macrossan Street the heart of Port Douglas offering the convenience of undercover parking providing easy access to the one level of outdoor shopping. Port Village is the one stop shopping destination, catering for all your everyday and holiday needs has a wide range of shopping choices for a spot of retail therapy. If you have forgotten your sunscreen or needs to pick up some drinks and snacks it’s all here.

stores for your everyday fashion and

If you are looking for a fabulous fresh food offer, convenient parking, great

and Christmas Events at the Centre

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gift buying needs, or you’d like to watch the world go by in relaxed tropical settings whilst enjoying a coffee or freshly squeezed juice then look no further than Port Village Shopping Centre! Visit our website to find out what’s happening at Port Village Shopping Centre. Here we’ll keep you up-todate with regular Market Days, Easter and other community based activities.


ANZ Bank I Bendigo Bank I Port Village Bottle Shop I The Coffee Club Coles Supermarket I Curlew Fashion I Domino’s Pizza I Fresco Juice Bar I Funstuff by Lynda Hungry Hummingbird Treatery I Jay Jays I Just Jeans I Toast Sandwich Bar I Nail Hub Malone’s Butchery I News Extra I Port Douglas Gym 24/7 I Port Village Medical Centre I Target Country Live Life Pharmacy I Tropical Journeys Tour Shop I Ultiqa Lifestyle I Village Bottle Shop


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TSHINTA Mother, daughter duo behind Tshinta are known for their beach to bar style. They have a selection of labels for women and children that support the lifestyle you desire while adventuring, relaxing and living the dream in this little slice of paradise. • Sancia • Love Stories • Staple • Binny • Bask Eyewear • Ace of Something • Suboo • Auguste • Little Lies • Zoe O • S.N.D.Y.S • Urge Footwear • Sun Soaked • Le Specs • Indian Summer Co. • Mii Love Mu

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JUNGLE ROAD If you are looking for great Australian made and international clothing, Jungle Road in Port Douglas, offers a great range to choose from. The store stocks highquality, casual, classy merchandise with an emphasis on natural fibres including cotton, bamboo, hemp, modal, silk and linen. A wide choice of labels affording an excellent opportunity to mix and match styles. International and Australian labels. • Verge • Layer’d • Vigorella A wide range of resort and beachwear • Cafe Latte • Orientique • Namastai • Lou Lou Bamboo • Desigual

Specialising in natural fibres, linen, cotton hemp, modal and bamboo clothing and accessories for women including... Verge I Vigorella I Layer’d Cafe Latte I Desigual I Namastai Orientique I Lou Lou Bamboo Shop 10, Cnr Macrossan & Grant Sreets, Port Douglas QLD 4877 Ph/Fax 07 4099 4438 or shop online





Stay in paradise

From luxury hotels and resorts, apartments, villas, riverside B&B’s and backpackers hostels, Port Douglas combines a relaxed friendly lifestyle with a range of quality accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Port Douglas has it all, from the sheer indulgence of being pampered in the lavish surroundings of an international hotel or resort to the comfort and convenience of a motel or holiday unit. Get back to nature and try some camping with the ocean as your setting or enjoy a home away from home with a variety of B&B’s or a backpacker hostel. Your accommodation is situated with a backdrop of astonishing beauty. Let one of Australia’s most stunning locations be yours, whatever your budget.


6/28 Wharf Street, Port Douglas

A premier choice of quality holiday homes, apartments, hotels and resort style villas in a range of locations from absolute beachfront to private hideaway.

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Cnr Grant & Warner Sts, Port Douglas Sanctuary Stays offer a great selection of accommodation for your stay in Port Douglas, ranging from luxury homes & villas, to affordable villas & apartments. Whether it is a weekend stay or an extended holiday we can provide you with the opportunity to relax in your own tropical paradise.

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34 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas Luxury accommodation in the heart of Port Douglas, walking distance to the magnificent Four Mile Beach and The Reef Marina. Tropical style apartments have their own private balconies, fully self- contained kitchens and open planned living. Resort style facilities include heated pool, gazebo and barbecue.

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Stay in Luxury, Play in Paradise Executive Retreats are the specialists in Tropical North Queensland holiday accommodation and wedding venues. Choose between unique and luxurious absolute beachfront homes, villas, apartments and Boutique Resorts.

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119 Davidson Street, Port Douglas

Fully self-contained family accommodation surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Tropical Nites offers spacious 1, 2, or 3 bedroom townhouses, each with a fully equipped kitchen, living area, laundry and private balcony. Enjoy the free unlimited Wi-Fi, heated swimming pool and BBQ area, plus on-site parking.


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11-13 Garrick Street, Port Douglas Perfectly located just one street back from Four Mile Beach and a 1 minute walk to Macrossan Street. Spacious studio, one and two bedroom apartments with full kitchen & laundry. Free unlimited Wi-Fi, heated swimming pool, poolside BBQ, tour desk & free parking.

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39-41 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas Situated in the heart of Port Douglas on vibrant Macrossan Street. Villa San Michele features 1 & 2 Bedroom 4 star boutique apartments featuring free Wi-Fi, kitchen facilities and private balcony. 2 heated swimming pools, spa, poolside BBQ , tour desk, complimentary parking and guest laundry.


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5078 Captain Cook Highway, Oak Beach

Located on a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas offering a selection of unique accommodation options. The resort has achieved the highest level of Advanced Eco Certification. Unique and complimentary on site tours and experiences are available for guests.

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70 Mowbray River Road, Port Douglas

Stay in a Deluxe villa, cabin, caravan or tent set in lush tropical gardens, relax by the pool while your kids have fun on the waterpark slides & jumping pillow.

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Every school holidays the team at Wildlife Habitat open their gates for school-aged kids to fulfil their inner ‘Wildlife Warrior’ dreams, where they become a ‘Junior Keeper’ for the day.

Tucked behind the main street in Mossman you’ll find Janbal Gallery and a special soul named Binna, who, apart from being a renowned Aboriginal artist, runs classes from his studio each day.



Take in the beauty of its pristine rainforest, cool off in the cascading streams. Join a guided Dreamtime Walking tour to get a deeper insight into the ancient flora and fauna of the rainforest, and learn about traditional plant uses and Kuku Yalanji culture.

A day trip to Low Isles is a must-do for families, here’s why: It’s close to Port Douglas, sailing time of about an hour and you can relax on the white sandy beach of the island, snorkel over the magnificent coral gardens in the blue lagoon.

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Okay, this may not sound too childfriendly, however, the folks at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures have ensured that feeding a croc actually can be. The sound of this ancient beast’s jaws snapping will stay with you forever.

Glass-bottom boats, underwater observatories and life jackets make visiting the reef possible with kids of all ages. Quicksilver’s pontoon is perfect for a gradual water entry, as well as spreading out and catching some sun.



An iconic, handsome, stable riverboat taking Port Douglas visitors on tour of the Dickson Inlet since 1989. Comfortable, covered seating, a licensed bar and galley, toilet, and room to stand and move around during your cruise. An ideal nature viewing platform with wheelchair and pram access, suitable for supervised children of all ages.

Carrying only 26 passengers, the 15m-long, authentic three-masted Chinese junk, Shaolin strikes a unique image off the Port peninsula, particularly when her dragon-filled, red sails are unfurled. This stunning vessel sets sail daily to Low Isles, including the unforgettable sunset sail experience. www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com


Mossman Gorge

MOSSMAN Mossman is a picturesque little township where you can enjoy country stores and historic pubs along the wide, tree-lined main street. Mossman is known as the region’s sugar capital. The Mossman Central Mill throbs and hums its way through the sugar cane crushing season from June to November when the cane trains rattle back and forth down the main street through town. It’s an unforgettable sight for visitors. The town has a few interesting historic buildings including the Exchange Hotel which once was the most handsome and most upmarket hotel in the area. Located on Foxton Avenue and designed by Edward Taffs and Edwin Roy Orchard, St David’s Anglican Church was constructed between 1912 and 1952. It replaced a previous church which was destroyed by the 1911 cyclone. If you have an interest in local produce, the Mossman Market is the place to be. Located under the canopy of ancient giant rain trees and in the gardens of the historic St. David’s Anglican Church, 42 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

it is where you will meet the locals who have been farming and living in this region for generations. Five minutes west of Mossman you will discover Mossman Gorge, a very accessible and scenic section of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. Here the Mossman River tumbles its way over huge granite boulders that line the gorge, creating freshwater swimming holes. Walk as far as the suspension bridge across the river or explore the 2.7-kilometre rainforest loop trail. You can choose from four free Mossman Gorge Walking Tracks ranging from short, easy walks to the moderate 45-minute Rainforest Circuit Track. The Baral Marrjanga Walk is 270 metres long and will take 5–10 minutes. Start from the shuttle bus stop and pass through the rainforest to a lookout over the Mossman River. It includes sections of boardwalk and the walk itself is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. The lower river track is 300 metres and will also take 5–10 minutes. It

runs beside the Mossman River, offers several lookouts, and joins the Baral Marrjanga Walk. The Rex Creek bridge walk is 460 metres long and will take 10 minutes. It is a walk off the Baral Marrjanga Walk which leads to the Rex Creek Suspension Bridge. The Rainforest Circuit Track will take you to the far side of Rex Creek bridge. On the left, 80 metres from the bridge, a small lookout provides views of Manjal Dimbi (Mount Demi). A little way past

the lookout the track divides to form a circuit that meanders through the rainforest. Along the way you may see the brilliant Ulysses butterfly and birds such as the Eastern Yellow Robin. A world-class eco-tourism visitor centre provides access to Mossman Gorge and features interpretive information, an art gallery, gift shop, cafe and restaurant. Mossman Gorge Centre provides one of Australia’s most iconic Aboriginal experiences.

YALANJI ARTS, MOSSMAN GORGE CENTRE Through Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku Incorporated, Yalanji Arts provides support and advocacy for local artists, assisting in their development through ongoing training and the marketing of their work to regional and national galleries. Mossman Gorge Centre presents ongoing exposure for Yalanji artists to national and international tourists and collectors.



Dreamtime Walk, Mossman Gorge

ABORIGINAL CULTURE The Kuku Yalanji people have a culture thought to be around 9,000 years old and are the traditional custodians of the area between Mossman and Bloomfield. The area’s traditional Aboriginal landowners strive to protect their natural heritage as they share its unique qualities with visitors. They were hunters and gatherers divided into around five groups ranging across the terrain as the seasons changed, yielding their sustenance from the rivers, beaches, reefs and sea. Theirs was a simple, yet ingeniously sophisticated culture. They devised and operated successful traps for fish and game, learnt to prepare the, often toxic, rainforest foods for consumption, and evolved social mores that firmly bound the fabric of their society. Today, the Kuku Yalanji people number approximately 1,000 and many are very active in the tourism industry, offering visitors an insight into their heritage made up of a reliance and empathy with the environment. 44 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

Mossman Gorge is one of the few places in Australia where visitors can gain an insight into the lives, cultures and beliefs of Australia’s indigenous population and its connection to the natural environment. Join a guided Dreamtime Walk tour to get a deeper understanding of the ancient flora and fauna of the rainforest, and learn about traditional plant uses and Kuku Yalanji culture. Guided bushwalks are available, giving a rare insight into the special relationship the local indigenous people have with the rainforest. Traditional music performances and artefact displays illustrate their rich cultural heritage. Join an indigenous guide to learn how to hunt mud crab with a spear, be shown how to paint your own burnie bean, discover bush tucker on a guided tour or relax with an indigenous spa treatment. There are many interactive experiences available in the region that offer a unique opportunity to understand Australia’s Aboriginal culture.

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EXPLORE THE DAINTREE Walk through the Daintree rainforest, spot wildlife on a river cruise, zip-line through the rainforest canopy, ride a horse, take a scenic drive or explore the Bloomfield Track. Forged from the spirits of gold rush pioneers, cedar timber cutters and farmers, today’s Daintree Village is a quaint rural village, hosting travellers from Australia and all parts of the world. The Village is located on the southern bank of the Daintree River and is the halfway point between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation, making it a convenient base from which to explore the whole region. The village itself has a general store, information and booking office, artist’s studio, timber gallery, cafes and the Daintree Village Hotel. The Village has 46 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

a wide choice of accommodation with high-quality B&Bs, budget cabins and a camping and caravan park. There are also luxury, secluded holiday homes tucked away in the valleys as well as an eco-lodge and spa. Explore the Daintree on your own or with an expert guide to experience ancient rainforests, stunning valleys, superb beaches, spectacular forest-clad mountains, clear streams, magnificent rivers and rolling farmlands. Hidden in the diverse range of lush vegetation you’ll see a wide variety of rare creatures, maybe even the elusive tree kangaroo and the endangered cassowary. This region is regarded as one of the finest birdwatching areas in Australia, hosting more than half of the continent’s bird species. An early outing north of the Daintree River can

be truly rewarding when many species are active. The Daintree National Park’s Jindalba, Marrdja Dubuji Boardwalks are great locations for birdwatching. Take a tour with a specialist guide to encounter the likes of Victoria’s Riflebird and Macleay’s Honeyeater, both located only in this region. The endangered Southern Cassowaries, which can grow up to two metres tall and weigh 85 kilograms, are regularly seen in the lowland rainforest north of Daintree River. Their vibrant red and blue head colours give their location away, while their large three-toed foot and horned head are testimony to an ancient world. Fill your days with adventure or lay back and relax in the Daintree.

Spot a croc with Crocodile Express

CRUISE THE DAINTREE RIVER The Daintree River is one of the longest rivers on the Australian East Coast at 140 kilometres. It harbors 35 mangrove species and it’s lush swamp forest attracts rare and locally prolific bird life, frogs and insect species. Fishing the Daintree River is an outstanding experience. There’s a huge diversity of species from the saltwater ecosystem at the river mouth, to the brackish water in the middle reaches and the freshwater in the upper parts. Cruise the Daintree River spotting wildlife while you get closer to nature. This is the best way of seeing and understanding the river’s ecosystem and wildlife. The Daintree River is the habitat of the estuarine or saltwater crocodile which are seen regularly on cruises. There are two species of crocodiles in Australia, the saltwater and freshwater species, but only the “salties” inhabit the Daintree River. It is well-known for crocodile spotting and the chances of 48 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

seeing them in the wild are very good throughout the year. The animals have become used to the boats so tour operators can get as close as 10 metres for the perfect photo opportunity. The largest crocodiles seen in Australia are between five and six metres. The Daintree River has a population of about 70 adult crocodiles, the largest being the males at approximately five metres and the females at approximately 3.5 metres. In the past 30 years the Daintree has become well-known for its success in crocodile-spotting. There is nothing more exciting than seeing these wonderful animals in the wild. Tours are conducted in the conservation zone of the river, which means feeding the crocodiles is not allowed. Croc-spotting and wildlife river tours leave from various points along the river, including the ferry crossing and Daintree village.



Daintree Discovery Centre Tree Tops Tower

Want to climb into a leafy, lush wonderland or hold 130 million years of evolution in your hand? The Daintree Discovery Centre is the door to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest lowland tropical rainforest in the world and a magical place to visit and explore. The Cow Bay attraction, which has been open for three decades, gives visitors of all ages a rainforest experience from the lofty, green canopy to the critter-rich litter of the forest floor. The much applauded and awarded Discovery Centre features a 23-metre tree tops tower, spectacular 10m aerial boardwalks, animated dinosaurs, a live bug exhibit, reptiles you can hold and a freshwater aquarium, underscored by respect for the fragility and sensitivity of the rainforest. The Discovery Centre provides visitors to the region with the knowledge and skills to explore the 1200 square kilometre Daintree Rainforest further. Take in the live bugs, freshwater aquarium, reptile displays and more, while having plenty of fun learning, with the helpful staff just itching to share their knowledge of the rainforest and passion for its protection. It is situated on a known cassowary corridor so there’s a chance of seeing one of these exceptional birds in a walk through the trees. And you can walk 50 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

with the dinosaurs – one of our newest features is a Jurassic Forest with seven animated dinosaurs to emphasise just how old this amazing part of the world is. The Discovery Centre has received many awards for its contribution to tourism and conservation including Ecotourism Australia’s Gecko Award for Ecotourism, and the United Nations Award for Leadership in Sustainability. Visitors are given an audio guide, available in eight languages, to make the most out of their centre experience. There is also a 68-page guide to take home. Children will also have an amazing time, with their own special interpretive tour and displays, plus activities that are entertaining and creative. There is also a mini theatre, interpretive centre with touch screens, all ability access for prams, strollers and wheelchairs and gorgeous views from the coffee shop, overlooking Maclean’s Creek. Make use of the complimentary 7-day return pass to experience the rainforest in different weather conditions, or take your knowledge to explore other parts of Cape Tribulation on the rest of your journey. Come and experience the world’s oldest rainforest at every level – from the forest floor to the top of the canopy at the most awarded attraction in the Daintree.

Sacred Kingfisher courtesy Solar Whisper

BIRDS & CROCODILES This region is regarded as one of the finest birdwatching areas in Australia with more than half of the continent’s bird species recorded here. An early outing north of the Daintree River can be truly rewarding with many species active. The Daintree area has a variety of habitats with coastal lowland rainforest, riverine, wetlands, mangroves, open farmland and the Daintree River, where over 430 species of birds have been recorded. In the Daintree birdwatchers are spoilt for choice. This is where you can see nine out of ten of Australia’s Kingfisher species, including the Buff-Breasted ParadiseKingfisher and the Little Kingfisher. The Daintree is an ideal location as a base for a birding holiday in Tropical North Queensland or can be an addition to your bird-watching 52 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

itinerary which may include Cairns, Julatten, Mareeba and the Atherton Tablelands. There are two species of crocodiles in Australia, the saltwater and freshwater species, but only the salties inhabit the Daintree River. The Daintree is well-known for crocodile spotting and the chances of seeing them in the wild are very good throughout the year. The animals have become used to the boats so tour operators can get as close as 10 metres away for the perfect photo opportunity. Tours are conducted in the conservation zone of the river, which means feeding the crocodiles is not allowed. There is nothing more exciting than seeing these wonderful animals in the wild.

Cape Tribulation

CAPE TRIBULATION Taste exotic tropical fruits on a farm tour, try locally made ice cream, refresh in a swimming hole or soar through the rainforest canopy on a zip line. Cape Tribulation is where you can position yourself between the tumbling rainforest of the Daintree and the glistening corals of the Great Barrier Reef. Cape Tribulation offers many activities, including bush walking, mountain biking, horse riding treks, diving and snorkelling, river cruises and even 4WD safaris. There’s also an opportunity to join a night tour to see nocturnal animals. Australia’s richest diversity of flora and fauna is found in this region, so a guided tour will explain the intricacies of an ancient environment and introduce you to the likes of the Peppermint Stick Insect or the Boyd’s Forest Dragon. The name Cape Tribulation is traced back to the legendary Lieutenant

James Cook who was trying to find a way through what he described as ‘the insane labyrinth’. His ship ran into Endeavour Reef, north-northeast of Cape Tribulation. He wrote: “I name this point Cape Tribulation, because here began all my troubles.” Accessible via car ferry across the Daintree River, Cape Tribulation offers World Heritage-listed rainforest and coral reefs as far as the eye can see. Spend a night or two or venture further beyond Cape Tribulation in a four-wheel drive to discover the Bloomfield Falls, Cooktown and beyond. Cape Tribulation is popular with backpackers who enjoy the jungle setting and lively atmosphere of the hostels. Accommodation options vary from camping grounds to bed and breakfasts, Airbnbs, holiday houses and eco-lodges. www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com












MOUNT HYPIPAMEE NATIONAL PARK Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park








This little-known national park featuring rainforest and open eucalypt forest, covers the coastal range behind Port Douglas. You’ll recognise the pyramidshaped Black Mountain, a prominent landmark feature. Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts will be keen to drive the popular 43km Black Mountain Road that runs through the park, passing through native forest, pine plantations and farmland and crossing picturesque creeks. Access is via Kuranda or Julatten.

Forget about everyday life and soak up the privilege of exploring one of the world’s most ancient rainforests in the iconic Daintree National Park, part of the Wet tropics World Heritage Area.


Stretch your legs or pedal your mountain bike on the long-distance Bump track (12km return). This historic track, blazed in 1877, offers views of the Mowbray River valley where the Mowbray River drops through a gorge carved into the forested foothills of the Macalister Range. The track is shared by walkers, mountain bike riders and horse riders. Location and getting there: To reach the bottom of the Bump Track, head south from Port Douglas to 1.5km past Craiglie, turn right into Mowbray River Road then turn into Connolly Road and continue for 3.5km to the Bump Track. 54 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com



Start your journey at Mossman Gorge where crystal-clear waters cascade over granite boulders. In the Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre, browse for local Indigenous art, enjoy tea and damper at the cafe then set off to explore the famed Mossman Gorge—a shuttle bus will take you into the heart of the park. Spot spectacular butterflies as you amble along an elevated boardwalk through the rainforest and gaze over the gushing waters and granite boulders of the scenic Mossman River. Walk across the gently-swaying suspension bridge spanning Rex Creek then immerse yourself in moist cool green rainforest on an easy circuit walk. Join in a guided tour—Dreamtime Walk— offered by the local Indigenous people to immerse yourself in authentic Aboriginal culture, walking in the footsteps of Yalanji ancestors as you explore the gorge.

Strangler Fig Arch, Mardja

From here, take one of Australia’s most scenic drives into the heart of the Daintree, exploring the rainforest and golden beaches along the 33km road from the Daintree River ferry to Cape Tribulation. The Cape Tribulation section of the park extends along the coast and offers a variety of boardwalk experiences. At Jindalba, delve deep into dense lowland rainforest at the base of Mount Alexandra on a circuit track that crosses several rainforest creeks. At Marrja, explore dense lowland rainforest as it merges into mangrove-lined creek habitat, all from the comfort of a boardwalk. At Kulki (Cape Tribulation), stroll along the boardwalk for an iconic view of Cape Tribulation, where steep rainforestedslopes sweep down to sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Mother Nature is at her best here, where the rainforest meets the reef and two World Heritage areas connect! And make sure you take a leisurely cruise along the Daintree River to spot crocodiles in their natural habitat. You can also experience this ancient rainforest from every level on the Daintree’s canopy tower and aerial

walkway, where you can witness world breaking rainforest research in action and find out more about how you can help protect this unique environment. Location and getting there Mossman Gorge: 80km N of Cairns. Access is via the Captain Cook Hwy and Mossman. Cape Tribulation: 110km–143km N of Cairns. Access is via the Captain Cook Hwy, Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree River ferry and Cape Tribulation Road.

DID YOU KNOW? Once you cross over to the north of the Daintree River, you are entering the oldest part of the Daintree rainforest—the Cape Tribulation section of Daintree National Park— which has survived continuously for more than 200 million years, since Gondwana times. Today it is home to some of the most varied plant and animal species in the world, including primitive species that were once wide-spread throughout Gondwana, and are now restricted to very isolated pockets of rainforest north of the Daintree River. www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com


Red Peak Boardwalk, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

EXPERIENCE KURANDA Located in the world-heritage listed rainforest, 1,000 feet above Cairns lies the picturesque village of Kuranda. The best way to discover and immerse yourself in Kuranda is by combining Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway for one unforgettable adventure. Embark on a fascinating journey and unlock the secrets of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest with Skyrail. Enjoy a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed Rainforest as you glide just metres above the pristine canopy before descending to explore the forest floor. Take a complimentary Ranger Guided Tour at Red Peak and learn about plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth thanks to the Rainforest Discovery Zone, boardwalk and interpretive displays. Enjoy live commentary throughout your experience by downloading the Skyrail Audio Guide and Interpretive App. Marvel at 56 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

unimpeded spectacular panoramic views of the ancient landscape spanning across the Barron Falls and sweeping down along the Gorge from The Edge Lookout. From the moment you step aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, you’ll enjoy a nostalgic and scenic journey. Travelling across 37 bridges and through 15 handcarved tunnels, reaching heights up to 328 metres above sea level, you’ll marvel at the engineering feat. Passing steep ravines and lush vegetation so close you could almost touch it; see the impressive heights of Stoney Creek Falls, before a photographic stop at the grand Barron Gorge Falls. Indulge in a Gold Class experience, enjoying individual tub seating as your dedicated host brings you locallysourced food and beverages throughout your relaxing journey. View Kuranda from both perspectives and enjoy a captivating journey with a difference.



Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION EMERGENCY Police, ambulance and fire brigade services can be reached by calling 000.

BANKING Banks generally open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

MEDICAL The Mossman Multi-Purpose Health Service (the local hospital) is located at 9 Hospital St, Mossman. (07) 4084 1200

GETTING AROUND Motor car driving is on the left-hand-side of the road in Australia. Cars may be hired at the Cairns airport or from Avis and Budget in Port Douglas. Get local road condition reports from www.racq. com.au or call 131 905.

The Port Village Medical Centre (07) 4099 5043 Port Douglas Medical Centre (07) 4099 5276

Getting around Port Douglas is easy with the local Port Douglas Taxi service (131 008) which operates 24 hours a day.

New Horizons Health (07) 4099 1111

There are also bicycle and scooter hire companies in the region.

There are a number of pharmacies in the main street of Port Douglas and in the shopping centres. POST OFFICE The Port Douglas post office is located at Shop 9, 5 Owen St, near the corner of Owen and Macrossen. The Post Office is also a Western Union Agent and can provide a range of banking services. Open Monday to Friday 8:30 – 5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am – 12:00 noon. Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays. 58 www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com

MARINE STINGERS Marine stingers are another creature to be wary of in the ocean. Stinger season is between November to May and generally a stinger net is installed on Four Mile Beach, in front of the Port Douglas Surf Lifesavers, during this period. CROCODILES Crocodiles inhabit the waters in this region so it is important to be ‘Croc Wise’ in and around the waterways. Always take note of any signage in the area. Visit www.douglas.qld.gov.au/ croc-wise/ for more information.

Great Barrier Reef Drive


PORT DOUGLAS TO: Osprey’s Restaurant

Mossman 21km

21 mins

Daintree Ferry

44 mins


Daintree Village 55.5km 50 mins Cape Tribulation 85km

1hr 52 mins




18 mins

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery


15 mins

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures


25 mins

Mossman Gorge Centre


2 mins

Hook A Barra


35 mins

Solar Whisper Wildlife Cruises 18 mins


43 mins

Crocodile Express Daintree River Cruises


50 mins

Turtle Cove Beach Resort 21km

21 mins

Daintree Discovery Centre

Rex Lookout


20 mins


1hr 20 mins

Ellis Beach


30 mins

Ocean Safari


1hr 51 mins

Palm Cove


35 mins



1hr 7 mins


68km 1hr

Mason’s Cafe and Cape Trib Shop


1hr 50 mins

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

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Cape York

DRIVING Driving in Tropical North Queensland is an unforgettable travel experience and self-drive tours are the most popular way to see the best of what this region has to offer. Discover the many easily accessible features and off-the-beaten-track thrills of the Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Cairns or the Atherton Tablelands from the reef to outback, through rainforest and grasslands by car or 4WD.

Territory, the Overlanders’ Way will take you through architecturally rich historic towns, dinosaur centres and to the home of some of the world’s most quirky events.

Hire a car, pick-up this handy Welcome to... guide and off you go. Get off the main roads, explore and discover everything you want, all on your own schedule. It’s impossible to list all the choices you have with four wheels at your fingertips.

Experience the Savannah Way, Australia’s adventure drive, linking Cairns with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. The drive is approximately 3,700 kilometres long and meanders through Savannah woodlands that cover tropical northern Australia. The route is mainly sealed, although there are long stretches of gravel road and several challenging fourwheel drive detours.

Take the Overlander’s Way and follow the paths of droving heroes who brought vast herds of live cattle from the east Kimberley to the North Queensland east coast. From the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and pristine beaches of north Queensland to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of North-West Queensland and into the Northern

Spend a week on an adventurous drive into an untamed wilderness area to stand at the very top of Australia. Epic Cape York is a remarkable journey through Cape York Peninsula, taking in memorable pubs, ancient rock art and spectacular natural scenery. Drive along red outback roads, explore wetlands brimming with birds and

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fish, discover gold town ruins and try your luck at isolated fishing spots.

caravan options for the region as well

The Douglas Shire Council website (www.douglas.qld.gov.au) contains valuable information on camp sites and

can also be found for people visiting the

as public dump points. Vital information region with disabilities, mobility issues, are elderly or frail.



EXPERIENCE THE Jungle Surfing Cape Tribulation Thornton Beach Cow Bay

Daintree Village Ferry Daintree National Park Sweet Farm Tours Miallo Mossman Mossman Gorge

Julatten Mt Molloy

Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows

Daintree Tours

Phone (07) 4055 3538 stay@ellisbeach.com www.ellisbeach.com

Wonga Beach Newell Beach

Snorkelling Low Isles Tours Port Douglas Thala Beach Nature Reserve Oak Beach Rex Lookout Wangetti Beach Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Ellis Beach Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows Co


Palm Cove Hi



Trinity Beach ay

Yorkeys Knob



Barron Gorge National Park



Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Phone (07) 4055 3576 sales@crocodileadventures.com www.crocodileadventures.com

Mossman Gorge Centre Phone (07) 4099 7000 walk@mossmangorge.com.au www.mossmangorge.com.au

The Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is a long spectacular coastline hugging two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. From Cairns, head north across the Barron River to the Cairns Northern Beaches including Trinity Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach. The drive then winds along the edge of the Coral Sea past unspoiled tropical beaches to

Thala Beach Nature Reserve Phone (07) 4098 5700 reservations@thalabeach.com.au www.thalabeach.com.au

Daintree Tours Phone 1800 005 966 tours@tropicaljourneys.com www.tropicaljourneys.com

Port Douglas. Port Douglas is the gateway to the Daintree, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. To the north is beautiful Mossman Gorge before you drive through sugar cane fields to the township of Daintree. Cross the Daintree River on the cable ferry for a leisurely drive through ancient rainforest, as you wind your way past pretty beaches to Cape Tribulation.


GREAT BARRIER REEF Cairns to Cape Tribulation Highlighted dive sites visited by the Quicksilver Group

Agincourt Reef 1

Harrie’s Bommie Three Sisters The Chapel

Gary’s Gut

The Point The Gap


Turtle Bommie

Two Rocks



Agincourt Reef 2


Point Break The Gardens Barracuda Bommie Agincourt Reef 3 Horse Shoe Turtle Bay Nursery Bommie West End


Cape Tribulation


Triggerfish City


Agincourt Reef 4 Castle Rock








Tracy’s Bommie Gordon’s Mooring Tennis Courts Coral Gardens







Low Isles


Whale Bommie Peta’s Bommie Cathedrals



Swimming Pools 2 Thetford Reef Swimming Pools 1 Horse Shoe

Michaelmas Cay Upolo Cay Double Is.



Milln Reef Cucumber Alley Darth Vadar Pellowe Reef

Middle Cay




Franklin Islands

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Flynn Reef


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Picnic Spots

Boat Ramp

Public Toilets


Scenic Drive

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Myall Beach

Noah Beach Camping

Noah Head

Coconut Beach

Noah Beach

Cape Tribulation Mangrove Boardwalk Dubuji Boardwalk


Lookout Kulki Boardwalk

Cape Tribulation Beach

Driving Times: Cairns - Port Douglas 45min. Port Douglas - Mossman 15min. Mossman - Daintree 30min.


Marrdja Boardwalk

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Do not go past warning sign

Trail to Mt Sorro w


Emmagen Beach


Mt Sorrow 800m

N o a h Mt Hemmant 1065m






Scenic Drive

See Cape Tribulation Map


Sports Oval

Shire Hall





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Whyanbeel Rd

Historic WWII Site


Public Jetty

Car Park





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RACQ Ph: 13 11 11


Emergencies Ph: 000


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Mt Emmett 420m


Flat Peak





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Alexandra Range Lookout Point


Alexandra Bay

Penda Cl.

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Shipwreck Bay

Cow Bay Beach

Cow Bay

Bailey Point

Mt Alexandra 482m


Bailey Hill 282m

Thornton Beach

Jindalba Boardwalk

Mt Hutchinson 190m



Ferry Crossing


Daintree Village



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Thornton Peak 1374m


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